Geography BSc Hons
The BSc (Hons) in Geography explores a fascinating range of important environmental and international phenomena including glaciers and ice ages; climate and weather; oceans; peatlands; environmental change and management; population change, migration and border politics; development and geopolitical conflict; socio-spatial inequalities (widening gaps in wealth, health and wellbeing). It provides an exciting challenge to those who wish to think critically and creatively about the world around them and understand the interaction of environmental systems and human activity.
Geography is studied up to Honours level in both the Faculty of Science (BSc) and the Faculty of Arts (MA). Students who have a background in the Sciences or who wish to study geography alongside Science subjects at St Andrews should apply for the BSc. For those interested in studying geography alongside Arts subjects, the MA in Geography may be of interest instead.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students will take two compulsory geography modules in their first year.
- Welcome to the Anthropocene: Society, Population, Environment
- A World in Crisis?
Students will take two compulsory geography modules in their second year.
- Geographies of Global Change
- (Re)constructing Environments, People and Places
If you decide to take geography in your third and fourth years, you can choose to specialise in certain aspects of the discipline that interest you.
Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:
- Coastal Processes
- Colonial and Postcolonial Geography
- Development: voice, power and identity in global times
- Environmental Management in Scotland
- HIV/AIDs in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Ice and Climate
- Political and Cultural Geographies of the Border
- Scrutinising Segregation: Geographies of Diversity and Inequality
- Socio-Ecological Systems.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
When not attending lectures, tutorials and practical classes, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:
- working on individual and group projects
- undertaking research in the library
- preparing coursework assignments and presentations
- preparing for examinations.
Reflecting the broad nature of geography, graduates leave St Andrews with a diverse and unique skill set, putting them in a very strong position in the jobs market.
Employers seek out geography graduates because of their rare combination of quantitative and qualitative skills, their ability to integrate and analyse diverse data, their understanding of human and environment interactions, their competence in GIS and spatial analysis, and their ability to think critically and creatively about the big social and environmental challenges facing us.
Career paths include:
- tourism and leisure
- planning and development
- business and finance
- security analysis
- science research.
About this institute
University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s first University. As a 600 year-old institution, we are known across the globe for our world leading quality and depth of research. For six centuries some of the world’s brightest and most promising...
Why study at University of St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is situated in a truly beautiful location. Part of a seaside town it is a picturesque and inspirational location to pursue your studies, where you will have the thinking space needed to be your very best. As a smaller university our size is one of our greatest strengths with class sizes allowing for a close and individual learning experience and giving great access and support from your teachers.
Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.
Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.
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